An Iron Seas Novel
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade; Original edition (October 5, 2010)
After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power — and fear — of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.
Mina can’t afford his interest, however. Horde blood runs through her veins, and despite the nanotech enhancing her body, she barely scratches out a living in London society. Becoming Rhys’s lover would destroy both her career and her family, yet the investigation prevents her from avoiding him…and the Iron Duke’s ruthless pursuit makes him difficult to resist.
But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans — and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.
A hot pirate captain, airships, zombies, a hot pirate captain, monstrous sea creatures, intriguing steampunk technology, a hot pirate captain… need I go on?
The Iron Duke is an amazing journey into a new and exciting world; it is both bold and highly addictive. Every page is brimming with suspense, mystery, action and adventure across the high seas and through the air with twists that are bound to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Rhys is a delicious & driven larger-then-life hero, Mina an intelligent and courageous heroine and together they make a heart wrenching love story that is dark & gritty and highly intriguing. Brook proves her superb writing skills once more with these well-developed characters and intricate world-building that will have your imagination soaring. Not only does The Iron Duke have a captivating plot but also interesting sub plots and side characters you will be craving more of. And scorching sex scenes *insert big adult content warning here* that will leave you breathless.
Favorite read of 2010, hands down and if my rating system went higher this novel would too! I am eagerly and impatiently awaiting the next installment in this series.